Timeout with Tambo: Bulldog teams’ esprit de corps
By Bill Tamburrino
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Vince Lombardi is better known for other quotes and he is often misquoted, but what he had to say about teamwork in the above quote applies well to the fall Bulldog and Lady Bulldog teams.
I have had the opportunity and privilege of viewing every varsity team compete and/or practice. Some are doing better than others in the win-loss column. The boys cross country team is preparing for a run at a CIF championship and a trip to the state meet. Every other is at best a long shot to make a run in the CIF playoffs.
One wouldn’t know that by the way the Bulldog and Lady Bulldogs are hanging in there. I have substituted in the morning weightlifting class which has most of the varsity football players, and their attitude and spirit are upbeat and positive.
I have interviewed every senior on the tennis and golf teams and they all have excellent attitudes.
There is one thing common with all of the teams that I follow and that I have observed, filmed and covered. Every athlete that I have interviewed has stated emphatically that they enjoy being on their team. Many have gone so far as to say that they feel like their teammates are like family.
Every senior golfer and tennis player has said that the best aspect of being on the golf team is just being with their teammates and being on the team. They also said that they appreciated their coaches and that the coaches had a lot to do with their appreciation for being on their teams.
While substituting in the weightlifting class after the team got done laughing at me for butchering roll call, the captains got the team together and got the team fired up for a mid-week lifting session.
The Bulldogs are 1-4 but they are lifting like a 4-1 team. There is a lot of lifting and pumping iron, but I have yet to see any finger-pointing.
The players have not given up. The coaches have not given up, and the players and coaches have not given up on each other.
I am amazed every time I see the cross country teams run during workouts. They run together. They work hard. They smile. They act like they are having fun running.
There is a reason they call them workouts. It is work, hard work. In my youth I did a little distance running. I went through the pictures taken of me running 10K races, half marathons and marathons, and I couldn’t find one with me smiling. I must have been doing something wrong or the Bulldog harriers must be doing something right.
The volleyball team plays hard until the final point in every match. They get together after every point and cheer on one another. Their esprit de corps is obvious. Ditto the Water Dawgs.
The coaches and student-athletes at RHS must be doing a lot of things right. They are working hard, improving, competing and they enjoy their teams.
Keep up the good work!
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